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Aliesha Schlaak, a survivor’s story


Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

Aliesha Schlaak, breast cancer survivor, stands by her mother, Linda Britton, in the Britton household located in Preston. Photo by Jason Sethre

We’ve all heard of people who have battled breast cancer. Some of us may know of a friend, a co-worker or neighbor. Some of us may have a family member who has struggled through chemotherapy, surgery and radiation treatments.

But, the reality is that we can never realize what life will be like until we have to fight that battle ourselves.

Aliesha Schlaak (Britton) knows firsthand what it’s like to fight and survive a battle with breast cancer.

Wearing a pink hooded sweatshirt that displayed a breast cancer ribbon surrounded by the words “Fight Like A Girl,” sitting on a chair in her parents’ living room in Preston, Aliesha shared her journey of survival.

On June 12, 2010, she married the love her life, Craig Schlaak. Born and raised in Preston, the oldest of four children in the Britton family, everything seemed to be falling into place for Aliesha.

And, then in July, about one month after her marriage, she started to feel ill. She was feverish, and not feeling well, so she went to the Mayo Clinic for an examination. Physicians told her it was a virus and sent her on her way.

Her condition continued to worsen, and she knew something wasn’t right, so she went back in to the Mayo Clinic for another examination.

This time, they checked her lymph nodes and decided to do a biopsy.

On August 6, 2010, following more examinations, she received news that would change her life forever.

Aliesha found out she had HER2-positive breast cancer - Stage IIIC.

At the age of 38, Aliesha was diagnosed with breast cancer, and the Mayo Clinic had a plan in place for treatment. To Aliesha, this was automatic. The Mayo Clinic had a plan, and she knew she was in good hands.

Aliesha said, “I never thought I was going to die, but I knew I had to tell my parents.”

She immediately called her parents in Preston, Neil and Linda Britton, and her siblings, and quickly realized she an incredible support system.

The Tough Days

According to Mayo Clinic statistics, HER2-positive has a 77.1 percent five-year survival rate with no reoccurrence. Now in remission, Aliesha beat the odds and won the battle, but it wasn’t easy.

On August 20, 2010, she started chemotherapy, participating in clinical trials until January 31, 2011. On February 28, 2011, she had surgery, in whic .....
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Preston Sets Alley Assessment Policy

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

An addition to Preston’s assessment policy was approved at the city council’s October 6 meeting. About three weeks earlier, requests for several possible alley improvements had been discussed. Councilman David Harrison was absent. At that time ..... 
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Grant applications now being accepted

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

The Preston Public Utilities (PPU) and Preston’s Economic Development Authority (EDA) are looking forward to assisting the community through Preston Public Utilities Spare Change Round Up program. Local organizations can apply for grant assistance ..... 
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Root River Veterinary Center has new owners

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Preston Agriculture

As of September 4, 2014, the Root River Veterinary Center in Preston, Minn. is under new ownership. Dr. LeAnne Froese and Dr. Deb Finnegan officially took over on September 4, although discussions about the two purchasing the business had been in ..... 
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NTC to host geological bus tour

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

The National Trout Center will be holding a geological bus tour on Saturday November 1, starting at 10 a.m. This bus tour promises to be both fun and informative, as it will focus on the geological and ecological features of living in the driftless ..... 
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Donations to Fillmore Central Readiness program

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

The Preston Area Community Foundation, along with a matching grant from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation,recently donated a combined $6,000 to the Fillmore Central School Readiness program. School Readiness is available to eligible child ..... 
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POET General Managers make their voices heard in Washington

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Preston Commentary

SIOUX FALLS, SD (September 18, 2014) – Chris Hanson, General Manager of POET Biorefining – Preston, traveled to Washington, D.C. September 14-17 to meet with Congressional officials and highlighted the important role ethanol plays in reducing o ..... 
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Preston Sets Preliminary Levy

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council at their September 15 meeting unanimously passed a resolution setting the 2015 preliminary levy. The 2015 levy increase may be as much as 6.94 percent. In December when the final levy/budget is approved this increase may be ..... 
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Preston Tourism secures grant for purchase of bike repair station

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

The Preston Area Community Foundation recently awarded a $1,200 grant to Preston Area Tourism. The funds will be applied to the purchase of a bike repair station that will be placed by the Trailhead Inn. This will give visitors and residents a plac ..... 
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